In 2009 Bihar saw one of the worst floods in recent history. Crops were devastated, lives were lost. Thousands of crore rupees were spent in relief and rehabilitation. Months have gone by and people have forgotten about the tragedy. What has followed after the floods as an aftermath is a 2nd wave of destruction through poverty, malnutrition, slavery, trafficking, etc.. People have failed to understand the enormous after effects of this flood.
Farmers who had land have lost all their crop. They are debt ridden now. Most have them have lost their shelter and savings they had. This situation is creating many interesting phenomenons in social environment of the region . Milk collection centers have registered exponential growth in their collection stats. This is more confined to the regions which were affected by floods. But it wold be Naive to bask in the glory of this fact. The reason behind this is a very sad state of affair of a poverty struck Indian family.
Families before the flood used to sell their produce and make their ends meet. They used their livestocks to fulfill their daily requirements in terms of nutritional food and milk. But now having lost all their fertile land, they are left with their livestocks to make their ends meet as well as to look after their nutritional requirements. Sadly having failed to get any jobs, they are forced to sell the milk produced by the cows and buffaloes and sell it to the distribution centers. Even though it has increased the collection, this has resulted in malnutrition of their children and the whole family. They have been forced to survive on raw rice without the opportunity to buy the vegetables due to lack of money. This is having major repercussion in terms of overall health index of the region. People are falling prey to the diseases and anti social elements are taking advantages of this my inciting human trafficking and slavery. When the rest of the India is couping with 9% GDP growth, this part of the region is going back to colonial times. Unless people understand the need for long term rehabilitation this unfortunate incidents will continue to take place.